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Des Moines, Iowa

  • Basilica of St. John

    Designated a basilica in 1989. Northern Italian/Lombardy Romanesque style, with gold-leaf coffered ceilings and 46 stained-glass windows, including a 15-foot Munich rose window. Ornate plaster and tra...
    Basilica of St. John

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Des Moines Playhouse

The Playhouse presents 12-14 musicals, comedies, dramas and family shows each year.

Des Moines, IA Theatres


Iowa State Capitol

Century-old building features 275-foot gold-leafed dome flanked by four smaller domes, grand staircase and beautiful woodwork. See legislative and old Supreme Court chambers, Governor's office, five-story law library, scale model of Battleship Iowa, collection of first-lady dolls. Tours last 60

Des Moines, IA Historic Buildings

Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Thirty animals and two wheelchair-accessible chariots turn to the music of a Stinson band organ on this colorful wooden carousel. Located in a city park near the Des Moines River, the carousel features handpainted scenes of Des Moines landmarks.

Des Moines, IA Carousels

Iowa State Fairgrounds

The Iowa State Fair, held each August, is Iowa's largest tourism event and the cornerstone event of more than 160 activities held year-round on these 400

Des Moines, IA Fairgrounds

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Lakeside Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Seven Oaks Recreation

Enjoy downhill skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, tent camping, mountain biking. Full-service canoe, kayak or tube floats on ...

Des Moines Golf & Country Club -North

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Living History Farms

Learn the amazing story of how Iowans transformed fertile prairies into the most productive farmland in the world. Travel at...

Hoyt Sherman Place

Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, this mansion was Des Moines' first public art gallery and houses...